Cuts to public school funding sustained over a decade is a deliberate strategy to ensure privatization says Glen Ford of the Black Agenda Report
Glen Ford is a distinguished radio-show host and commentator. In 1977, Ford co-launched, produced and hosted America’s Black Forum, the first nationally syndicated Black news interview program on commercial television. In 1987, Ford launched Rap It Up, the first nationally syndicated Hip Hop music show, broadcast on 65 radio stations. Ford co-founded the Black Commentator in 2002 and in 2006 he launched the Black Agenda Report. Ford is also the author of The Big Lie: An Analysis of U.S. Media Coverage of the Grenada Invasion.
Sharmini Peries: It’s The Real News Network. I’m Sharmini Peries, coming to you from Baltimore. Last week, Washington Post carried an alarming headline about public schools in the US. It reported that an increasing number of Oklahoma schools are open only four days a week, due to state budget cuts.
As many as 20% of Oklahoma schools are now open only four days a week. As it turns out, this is only the latest in a sign of growing budget crises that’s going to hit public schools across the country.
In Kansas, for example, many schools had to end the school year earlier than usual, because of a lack of funds. In Illinois, 17 school districts are suing the state for failing to fund public education adequately.In Alaska, over 2000 classrooms don’t have a teacher.
All of this comes on top of the Trump administration’s plan to cut 10 billion dollars from federal education initiatives. Joining us today to discuss all of this is Glen Ford.
Glen is the Executive Editor of the Black Agenda Report. He’s also the author of the book titled “The Big Lie.” He joins us today from New Jersey. Thanks for joining us, Glen.
Glen Ford: Thank you for having me.Sharmini
Peries: Glen, how does the Oklahoma four day school week fit into the larger state of public education in the US?
Read more here – Source: Perpetual Crisis in Public Schools By Design.